Interactive content is something that has been discussed widely at many moments at different Wikimedia projects (a good example: T169027). According to English Wikipedia, "The use of interactive technology in learning for these students is as natural as using a pencil and paper were to past generations." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactive_Learning)
Wkipedia pages lack the infrastructure to add interactive learning to articles. Physics, astronomy, computing, math, but also humanities can benefit from interactive content in many ways, but we can't add it because of several reasons. The only way to do it seems to be a complex JS WikiWidget system: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:WikiProject_WikiWidgets
What kind of content could be interactive? Limiting it here could be seen as a very particular use, but this are some ideas we can start to think about:
- Physics experiments simulation
- Math calculation and geometry (i.e. as in Geogebra)
- Astronomy (stars positions, Jupiter satellites position, current position of ISS...)
- Timelines embedding, adding something similar to Histropedia
- Interactive maps using Kartographer + Wikidata queries
- Electronics and electricity
Some of them seem to be economical (adding Wikidata Query results directly into articles is expensive) and some other seem to be practical: there's no way to add applets into articles and it seem that security is the main reason.
But we need to address this issue. In this unconference session we will start thinking on how we could make this happen in the future (near or far).